Advice and approval

Guidance to Applicants

1. Introduction

The document “Advice Sheet 1” outlines the essential elements of the approval application process. You are strongly recommended to read this before proceeding further with your application.

The approval process under Regulation 31(4)(a) is subject to charges (PDF 39KB). Full details are provided in the Guidance document (PDF 119KB).

Please note that as from 1 June 2015 we are changing our policy so that any application for approval which has not progressed for six months will be closed and a new application will need to be made.

2. Product Re-approval

In order to provide assurances that products included in the list have not changed and so continue to be suitable for contact with drinking water, all products are now subject to a re-approval process five years after the initial approval date.

3. Advice Sheets

Advice Sheet 1 gives an overview of the regulatory requirements and explains how to make an application for approval. Advice sheet 2 gives guidance on what will be required in your Instructions for Use document – it is very important that any IFU submitted to us conforms fully with these requirements, otherwise your applications may be delayed. Advice sheet 11 explains the re-approval process.

The remaining sheets provide information on the application requirements for certain product types. In addition, a range of Application forms are available, please see section 4 below.

Currently the following Advice Sheets are available:-

Overview of the application process

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Instructions for use (IFU) document

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Advice sheet 3 – Treatment Chemicals, Filter Media & Ion Exchange Resins

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Changes to approved products

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Approval of products made from recognised materials & from metals

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Approval of membrane filtration systems & associated equipment

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Construction products for water retaining structures in water collection, treatment and distribution systems

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Products permitted to be used under regulation 31(4)(b) – products with a small surface area in contact with water.

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Emergencies – use of equipment and disinfectants

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Natural and Traditional products

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Product Re-approval Process

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4. Application Forms* (MS Word Format unless specified)

Pipe Systems

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Site & in-situ applied products

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Non-Metallic Construction Products

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Metallic Construction Products

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Stainless Steel Construction Products

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Membrane Filtration and Water Treatment Units

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Chemicals

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Chemical additives

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Filter Media

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Electrochemical Generating Process

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Release Agents

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Change-request

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Re-approval

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*Note:  in order to complete the appropriate application form you may need to ask your supplier(s) to send confidential formulation information directly to us.  Please click here for letters to use for this purpose.

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